John F. Hemleben, Ph.D.

Dean of Academics
Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 784-0741

Areas of Expertise:

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Distance Education Design and Delivery
  • Adult Education
  • Organizational Management
  • Institutional Research and Effectiveness


  • Ph.D. Education, 2015, Northcentral University, San Diego, CA
  • MS. Education, 2002, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • MS. Management, 1993, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  • BS. Sociology, 1976, Iowa State University, Ames, IA


John Hemleben entered Marine Corps active duty in June 1976 and following his entry-level schooling as an armor officer, Dr. Hemleben served as platoon commander, company commander, and he held numerous staff positions at the battalion and regimental levels to include being assigned as the Operations Officer (S-3) for First Tank Battalion in Task Force Papa Bear during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Additionally, he served on recruiting duty; joint duty, as an aide-de-camp; branch head within Manpower Plans and Policy division, Headquarters Marine Corps; battalion inspector instructor for 4th Tank Battalion and 4th Medical Battalion; and Command & Staff College faculty advisor and course director.

He retired from active duty on August 1, 2000 and worked for Computing Technologies Inc. supporting the College of Distance Education and Training (CDET), Marine Corps Command & Staff College Distance Education Program (CSCDEP), writing curriculum, conducting faculty development, analyzing institutional research data, teaching, and eventually becoming the team lead. In Oct 2007 he became the Associate Dean for the program and in Dec 2008 assumed his current position.

Dr. Hemleben has been fortunate to have been involved in the initial development of CDET’s onsite and online seminar programs for the Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College distance education programs. He has also been involved in establishing and developing the hybrid blended seminar methodology for these same two programs and their expansion to four major bases within the Marine Corps. Dr. Hemleben was also involved in championing a very talented team in the development of seminar programs for Sergeants, Staff Sergeants, and Gunnery Sergeants to increase resident-like opportunities for enlisted professional military education.

Over the past 22 years Dr. Hemleben has been associated with the Joint Staff J7’s Military Education Coordination Council (MECC) working group, the Distance Education Coordination Committee (DECC), and has been a member of five Process for Accreditation of Joint Education (PAJE) accreditation teams. Currently, he is the chair of the DECC.

Dr. Hemleben's personal military decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal third award, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was a distinguished graduate of both the Naval Postgraduate School and the Marine Corps War College. He has been awarded the Military Officers Association of America outstanding faculty award while being a member of CDET, and in 2014 the Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) awarded him the Hall of Fame award for significant career accomplishments in promoting and developing distance learning within the federal government.

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